Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2020-2021


Queensland Theatre are calling for entries for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2020-2021 (QPDA). The QPDA is a development award assisting writers and performance makers to grow their first drafts, pitch documents, sample scenes, or creative development findings into a production-ready text. If you have an idea for a show that Australian audiences need to see on our stages, we want you to enter. This national award is open to individual artists and collectives of all levels of experience working across different performance practices. Application deadline is 15 September 2019.


A panel of industry professionals review the entries, leading to a shortlist. The shortlisted artists meet the award judges in October 2019, where three finalists are selected. The finalists receive paid development leading to a presentation of their work for the judges in March 2020. Following the presentation, the judging panel will select a winner to receive further development of their work throughout 2020 and 2021. Queensland Theatre will then program the winner’s work in the 2021 Season.


• To produce a platform for Australian theatre makers and playwrights to develop new works that are an artistic response to, or reflection of, ‘Australian Society’ and expose audiences to this work

• To promote the creation of high quality, original, artistic work

• To recognise and develop creative artists, their work and their standing within our society

• To enhance the employment of Queensland actors, creative teams and production artists

For more details, download the flyer, or head to the award page.

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